Updated: Sep 17
According to estimates from Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, over 122 million people in India lost their jobs in April 2020. Around 75% of them were small traders and wage-labourers.
The average employment reduced from an estimated 404 million during 2019-20 to 396 million in March 2020. In April 2020 it came down to 282 million.
The stats bring shivers down my spine. In a country like India where the unemployment rate is as such considerably high, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the scenario.
On one hand where labourers are migrating to their hometowns, entrepreneurs are resorting to lockdown protests. Not to mention, the bottom of the pyramid is hit the most!
How do you feel knowing and reading this from the comfort of your home? Think about those who were barely making a living when this pandemic hit, post which they had no soul to turn to for help. Yes! The government “did try to help” these citizens, but to what avail?
We are trying to curb deaths due to covid-19 virus. What about those dying from hunger and lack of medication due to covid-19 pandemic’s unseen impacts?
We, at Aswasn, are coming up with multiple campaigns to help the Capable yet the Incapable ones. As rightly stated previously, Government has recognized the importance of NGOs and their critical role in the COVID-19 crisis.
As was once said, “You are not rich if you can give when you have enough, But if you can give even when you don’t have enough.”